Author Archives: Michael Johnston

1915 Austin, along with Everything Else, Must Go

City Plans to Clear Storage Space Below Civic Center Plaza When you watch the video, you will see only brief images of a large pipe and the console, but the whole organ is there. It is human nature to behave … Continue reading

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John Ferguson Dead at Age 79

 John Ferguson Dead at Age 79 The first article I found about John Ferguson’s recent death is at atos.org. I’ll add the complete obituary when I see it. The finest teacher of theatre organ style playing, with a list of … Continue reading

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Zimmer Continues Organ Building Legacy

Pipe Organ Builder Remains on Cutting Edge The Zimmer Organ Company had a large building in the southern part of Charlotte, and that is where I and many others first met Franz Zimmer. Read about the whole family and especially … Continue reading

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Harry Wilkinson Dead at 92

Harry Wilkinson, Musician This brief obituary is from philly.com, January 20, 2015. WILKINSON, Ph.D., FAGO HARRY, age 92, Jan. 15, 2015. DR. WILKINSON, was Professor Emeritus, West Chester University Music Theory and Composition Dept. and well respected organ professor. He … Continue reading

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Trinity’s Casavant in its New Home

Fond du Lac Learning Center The organ I remember being installed in Trinity Church, Princeton, New Jersey, during my days at Westminster Choir College was, as you are no doubt aware, removed. It was always out of place and out … Continue reading

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Paul Jacobs Plays the Livre du Saint-Sacrement

Paul Jacobs Carries Torch for Organists Today, Paul is performing the complete “Livre du Saint-Sacrement” (“The Book of the Blessed Sacrament”) in Davies Symphony Hall. This should be stunning! If you go, please post your review or some of your … Continue reading

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Printing and Presentation Are Truly Superb

“The music I ordered has now arrived intact. A rich collection of masterpieces, printed by a master. I send grateful thanks. Printing and presentation are truly superb, as ever.” —United Kingdom

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This Felgemaker is Wanted by St Mary’s Church

Organ Restoration underway at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Here’s another organ from the past, moved and now desired to keep for the future and receiving a fund raising project to get it done. Fundraising is underway to renovate the historic … Continue reading

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Hector Olivera’s Most Recent Award

Pipe Prowess Read about Hector’s most recent award in this praiseworthy article. There are those who would be impressed with even this small bit of his life: Olivera began playing the pump organ at age 3, sitting on his father’s … Continue reading

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Charles Dodsley Walker Dead at Nearly 95 Years

Charles Dodsley Walker (March 16,1920 – January 17, 2015) These obituaries are from the New York Times and legacy.com. “Charles Dodsley Walker’s musical talent was clear early on: as a youngster in New York City, he sang in the boys … Continue reading

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